This 101 will revolve around the questions of cultural identity as they were expressed—and sometimes repressed—in modern Europe. All students working on European topics are welcome, as well as others particularly interested in the topic (please contact me in this case) Because the uses of history are as widely varied as the questions that are asked of it, student in this class will learn to ask those questions for themselves and begin to answer them. Following a brief consideration of the genres of history, each will define and narrow a question, create a bibliography, consider a source base, and organize and write their final project. Creative thinking about sources is encouraged, and comparative projects are welcome. Students should come prepared in January to discuss some topic ideas to that you hit the ground running. Feel free to contact me this fall if you would like to get an early start on defining a topic or set of sources.
Elizabeth Wenger earned her PhD in Berkeley's Department of History and is a Visiting Lecturer this year.